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European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

On that point, Dr Arianna Andreangeli told the committee in evidence that the European Union does not have any competence in health-related services and, because of that, the risk does not come from TTIP. She said that, if there is a risk of providing access to UK health services, it is a risk over which the UK Government has most influence. That was my understanding of what she said. The European Union does not have the competence to give away access to UK health services as part of a TTIP agreement.



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

So you do not share the concern about guaranteed access to our markets and services.

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European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

Will all that come about through TTIP? Harmonising regulations and reducing tariffs were always on the agenda. What, then is the big gain or the big win for the US in agreeing a TTIP arrangement with the EU?



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

Good morning, panel. Some precise figures have been shared with us today. David Williamson and Benny Hartop have mentioned duties of as much as 16 per cent. Allan Hogarth mentioned a potential saving of £8 billion. If such savings are realised, I am certain that that is to be welcomed, but there is a quid pro quo with TTIP, is there not? What is America getting out of it? Presumably, it is also looking forward to harmonisation of regulation and the reduction of tariffs, perhaps to zero. I suppose that my question, from a naive point of view, is why it has not been possible to do that before now, without having to invent this thing called TTIP. If it has always been possible to do it, why did we wait so long?

A concern expressed at one of our previous evidence sessions is that, on the back of TTIP, guaranteed and legal access is being provided to our products and services in the European Union.

My first question, then, is what is America getting out of TTIP that it could not have got before now? Secondly, are the fears genuine about giving legal access to services within the EU that hitherto may not have been available?



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

I am the MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley.



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

One of the initiatives is about exploiting and preserving cultural heritage throughout Europe. There is bound to be a mountain of material around that that is not digitised or protected for future generations. There are lots of companies in Scotland and throughout the EU that would like to participate in something like that, and finding out that it is possible for them to become involved is a key step. Anything that raises the awareness of companies here in Scotland would be welcome.



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

There is a section on page 4 about creative industries. It has come up at the committee previously that there appear to be opportunities for media companies throughout the European Union, and in Scotland in particular, to exploit initiatives. How are our small and medium-sized enterprises or other organisations that might have an interest made aware of the opportunities? Is there any way of getting the “Brussels Bulletin” out to a wider audience? I am sure that it is posted online, but signposting of such things is often the key step in helping people to find out anything. I am sure that there are companies that would be interested in the initiatives.



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

On foreign language learning, pages 16 and 17 refer to the online glow facility. Members will note that glow

“was successfully transitioned to a new, flexible, cloud-based arrangement”.

Glow is an online learning environment that is full of resources for teachers, pupils and parents alike, and I am pleased to see it being used more widely. It was the subject of some criticism a couple of years ago, so I am pleased that it seems to be developing into the useful tool that we all hoped it would be for kids and teachers.



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

In relation to the structural and investment funds, page 5 of the paper tells us that €900 million will come to Scotland over a period. Will we see a breakdown of where the money goes and to what projects it relates? Again, I refer to our friend and colleague Helen Eadie, who raised the issue regularly. I want to get some insight into how the money is disbursed and shared out across various projects in Scotland. Will we be able to see a breakdown?



European and External Relations Committee 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Willie Coffey

I notice that each of the items that has been considered has a rapporteur associated with it. Are we entitled to make contact with those people to ask them for their summation? That would give us more of a European perspective on what took place, which would be helpful for the committee.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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YesCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11636: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10321: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10186: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09679: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08817: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08376: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08319: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08271: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07822: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07817: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03815: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03765: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03627: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03579: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03567: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03430: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03391: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03264: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03131: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03109: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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